The 14-year-old power forward was in an awe-inspiring form for St Nicholas Junior High School on Friday March 11 where he virtually brought opposing teams on their feet with his quick and fast breaks that caught the admiration of the thousands of crazy basketball fans who thronged the Hoops Care International basketball court at Victoria Park.
Dodoo was simply out of this world in a competition that brought the best out of the many talents on shore.
For many, it was rather a bitter pill for the young boy to swallow following his stellar performances enroute to the finals against perennial rivals Catholic Jubilee.
He came up against two former mates- Henry Ampiah and Kingsley Whyte during their days at Hoops Care International School.
Indeed the three players were key members of the side that won the competition last year at the El-Wak Stadium.
And so when FIBA licensed Steve Hunger and Badu Nyansah signaled for jump ball, fans knew they were in for the game of their lives and rightly so it lived up to its pre-match hype as both teams displayed amazing bravado and fighting spirit.
It was two former team mates against Dodoo and he gave a good account of himself as he eclipsed the attacking flair of the two handlers. He brought the venue on its feet in an end to end action.
Not even a minor injury to the player in the early stages of the first half could deter him from playing through the pain barrier to lift the flag of his school extremely high.
He looked dejected and cried like a baby when a momentarily lost of concentration allowed Jubilee JHS to earn the bragging right and in the process booked an enviable ticket for the grand finale slated for the Aviation Social Centre on Saturday March 20.
‘I simply can’t believe it and I’m so disappointed we couldn’t qualify despite the way we played. We gave it our best shot and sometimes I wonder what went wrong in the second half of the game’. Dodoo told BASKETBALLghana.com
‘But I guess its part of the game and these things happen all the time. In as much as it’s painful and unbearable we need to pick ourselves and continue from where we left off. We wish Jubilee all the best and we hope they go to Accra and win the competition for the Central region’.
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